How do you keep kids interested for long periods of time in learning something when conversations are often now a few short letter combinations? What's that common trick to keeping teenagers on track until they can become contributing adults after graduating college? The majority of students who drop out of school, drop out because they can't do the work. Not because they don't want to, not because they just didn't do it, but because they can't.
Ever heard of a mnemonic device? No? Most people haven't. In fact, you probably learned several valuable algebra skills in school and had no idea it even WAS a mnemonic device. Mnemonic devices are memory tricks designed to assist you in memorizing information. Not just memorizing it for a test, but memorizing it permanently. PEMDAS. Most people who've taken algebra know that PEMDAS is the mnemonic device for the order of operations when handling algebraic equations. If you see PEMDAS, or you hear it and recognize it you can most likely rattle off the steps; parenthesis, exponent, multiply, divide, add, and subtract.
Do you know what ROFLMAO means? Yes, I realize curse words are inappropriate but it stands for a phrase most often used by our young adults and teenagers. It means; rolling on the floor laughing my a** off. If you see it and recognize it, you probably smiled because it made you think of something that amused you recently. It is in and of itself a form of mnemonic device. This is how teenagers and pre-teens, even older children carry on conversations. LOL, LMS, WTH?, etc. etc. They are creating these shortcuts for complete conversational phrases constantly.
In the past 2 years I have learned something astonishing. The same way they obtain and retain information from texts, status', and conversations can be used to help them learn other things as well. Just as PEMDAS was used to teach the order of operations there are many other tricks to teaching our children ways to store information in their brains. By creating trend friendly mnemonic devices we can help our children learn more, learn it faster, and use it longer.